Saturday, November 1, 2014

Homemade Crunch Bars

3 ingredients and very little mess with my Thermomix
Do you go out trick-or-treating for Halloween? We did again this year.  Do you eat any of the candy?  We don't due to food allergies and gross ingredients. Big Brother doesn't even ask to eat any of it because he prefers what we make at home, he just wanted the pack of bat-shaped pretzels.  I could handle that request; I just had to vacuum up the crumbs and wash hands/face immediately since Baby Brother is allergic to wheat.  Would I have felt differently if he had wanted a peanut butter cup?

Will Big Brother always have the same palate and preferences? This little guy loves 88% dark chocolate! I hope he continues to prefer quality ingredients and want keep his little brother safe at the same time. He said such endearing things as he put his Halloween candy in his pumpkin: " My Baby Brother is allergic to this so we don't actually eat it."

What should we do with all that candy? Would you consider giving out allergy friendly or ingredient friendly treats?  Or maybe even non-food treats?  Here is something to read. 

These homemade crunch bars totally hit the spot last night. Thank you, my special recipe sharing friend,  for sharing this simple and awesome recipe with us.  

Perhaps we will make into popsicle ghosts next year, using coconut butter as the white frosting and 2 chips for eyes.

What you need:

2 bags of Enjoylife chocolate chips.  I used one bag of the mini chips and one back of the dark chips
2 cups of Rice Crispies.  I used the Whole Foods 365 brand Brown Rice Crisps.  The allergen information states: 'may contain wheat and soy.  Produced in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts." So this cereal is not safe for Baby Brother. Baby Brother hasn't had chocolate yet, and this treat was just for Big Brother.
Flaky salt or fleur de sal for sprinkling on top

What to do: 

Add one bag of chocolate chips to TM bowl.  Heat for 4 min, 50 degrees, speed 2. Add in second bag of chocolate chips and heat accordingly.  I did for another few minutes at 50 degrees, speed 2. Click here for instructions on Tempering Chocolate in Thermomix.

Add in 2 cups of rice crispies and mix speed 1, reverse spoon.

Pour into baking pan, I used a brownie pan lined with parchment paper.  

Sprinkle salt on top.  Maybe I'll add some cacao nibs next time

Place in freezer to set

Eat when you come in from Trick-or-Treating, but first remember to move from freezer to fridge so that they are not rock hard and you have to wait.  

Waiting for us for when we come home from trick-or-treating

Big Brother loves scooting around neighborhood
all month to see decorations
This is a favorite

What sweets do you want to make this time of year?

Here is our list:
Double Dark Chocolate Macaroon tart, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free
Gooey Pumpkin Spice Latte Chocolate Pudding Cake
Pumpkin Fudge Balls
Blender Pumpkin Coconut Oatmeal Cups
Halloween Sweet Potato Fries
Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins
Pumpkin Coconut Fudge
Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal
Pumpkin Donuts
Pumpkin Granola Bars
Pumpkin Coconut Mousse
Glowing Ghost Gummies
pumpkin pudding

1 comment:

  1. Glad you liked them! I made the blender pumpkin/oat muffins you linked to above, this afternoon. We haven't tried them yet though.